Summer Film Institute

The Nate Parker Foundation Summer Film Institute (“NPFSI”) is our flagship program. In partnership with Wiley College, this highly competitive program is an intensive week-long program where young, aspiring artists learn the art of filmmaking from scholars and film industry professionals. The program is open to high school, college and recent graduates and provides full scholarships to those who have financial limitations.

Participating students have a shared passion for film, storytelling, social justice and African Diaspora culture, and the Institute is dedicated to empowering these students and cultivating their fresh voices to help change the racial climate of this nation and beyond. Ultimately, the goal of NPFSI is to create a cohort of activist-storytellers who have the cultural knowledge and professional skills to create film projects that confront some of the most critical issues plaguing people of African descent.

  • Culturally Enriching Workshops
  • Filmmaking Workshops
  • Student Film Pitch Activity
  • Creative Expression
  • Final Project: Student Created Film
  • Showcase the Final Project
2018

Institute Impact

Our 2018 program was very successful in meeting our goal to “create a cohort of activist-storytellers who have the cultural knowledge and professional skills to create film projects that confront some of the most critical issues plaguing people of African descent.”  We are very proud of these alums and are excited about their future projects and leadership roles.

We are also extremely proud of the effect that the students say the program had on their lives.  The results of the student evaluation survey at the end of the Institute confirmed that all of the participants feel that the program changed their lives in many ways:

Join us in 2020

Held at Wiley College
Apply for the Summer Film Institute

The Nate Parker Summer Film Institute is a highly competitive program for students who have a passion for film, storytelling, social justice, and African Diaspora culture. Successful applicants must show exceptional creativity in their storytelling, and be able to bring unique ideas to the program. This institute is academically rigorous and requires both academic dedication and creative potential. The program is open to advanced high school students (rising seniors only), current college students, and recent college graduates (graduated within the past 2 years). The application process is now closed and will reopen in May 2020.

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